Workforce development

Considerable progress has been made in Youth Justice (YJ) workforce development over the last 10 years. Increasingly, managers are seeking out experienced individuals from a range of backgrounds who can demonstrate the key skills needed in youth justice and where necessary, identifying additional training as appropriate.

It is clear there is a distinct set of youth justice skills, a well-defined body of knowledge and understanding with the workforce requiring accessible, high quality and accredited learning resources.

There is a well-established youth justice professional framework which is built upon the youth justice skills matrix and youth justice degree and this can have a significant impact on recruitment.

Whilst within youth justice teams, there is still the valuable fundamental multi-disciplinary base, there is a growing recognition that an effective team needs to have the right complementary mix of professionals who are highly skilled in engaging with often complex young people who offend.

This section will offer knowledge and information concerning professional development, professional progression as well as some toolkits on working effectively with those staff that are required to supervise other staff.

Summary:  A framework that Youth Justice Services can use to develop Learning and Development plans     Aims: Enable Youth Justice Services to identify relevant strengths and knowledge gaps in staff     Description: It is vital that learning and development plans are specific to the needs of an organisation; the YJB has developed a framework containing a series of…
Summary:  An induction checklist to make sure that new staff members in a Youth Justice environment are equipped with the basic tools needed for their role.      Aims: Enable Youth Justice staff to more smoothly ease into new roles     Description: It is often the case that moving into a new role can be a steep learning curve…
Summary:  Attached is a short description of some of the work undertaken by Oldham YJS in relation to Black Lives Matter and working with staff members. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a   Aims: To facilitate an open discussion with Youth Justice Service staff on issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.     Description: The open forum was…
Summary: Flyer for the BA Honours in Youth Justice.     Attached is the flyer in regards to the BA Honours in Youth Justice, provided by Unitas.  If you would like any further information on any of the courses, please email